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Windshield blown 2 stories by bomb

– A bomb with the force of a half-pound of dynamite exploded in a car early Wednesday in the parking lot of a north-side apartment complex, Fort Wayne police said.

No one was injured in the blast that “completely destroyed” the car, a 1999 black Buick Regal, said officer Raquel Foster, a police spokeswoman.

The explosion launched the car’s front windshield onto the roof of a two-story building, shot the rear windshield onto the roof of another building and knocked out the windows of a nearby vacant apartment, Foster said.

“We do believe that this vehicle was singled out for a reason,” Foster said.

“We really think they intended to cause property damage.”

Foster said the victim may have insight as to why the car was bombed. But for now, investigators do not have suspects or a motive in the case, she said.

The explosion was reported about 1:10 a.m. at a lot of the Coliseum Park apartment complex, off Parnell Avenue. When firefighters arrived, the car was smoldering but not on fire, Foster said.

The police department’s bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to the scene, and investigators processed the car for evidence.

Foster said investigators determined that the bomb was placed inside the car. The car owner is believed to live at the apartment complex, she said.

Police described the bomb as an improvised explosive device that required a certain amount of knowledge to build.

Foster said the materials used can be obtained without much difficulty, but she didn’t specify what materials were used.

The police department has conducted 35 to 40 bomb investigations this year, including cases involving pipe or bottle bombs in mailboxes and trash cans.

But this one stands out because a car was targeted and because of the extent of the damage, Foster said.

Anyone with information about the explosion is asked to call police at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

aingersoll@jg.net

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